Good news for St. Louis snowsports lovers. Missouri’s Hidden Valley Ski Area has settled its dispute with the city of Wildwood and will be allowed to build a zipline, which will open next spring. The resort had initially threatened to close the ski area if the zipline had not been approved.
Peak Resorts, owner of Hidden Valley Golf & Ski, made a request for the permit to build the zipline last year and was initially turned down by the city. After two money losing seasons Hidden Valley wanted to install a four station zip line for use during daylight hours that would operate 12 months a year to help bolster revenue. Peak Resorts insisted the year-round, daylight operation was needed to justify spending $2.5 million for the installation.
The good news is that Hidden Valley received final construction approval earlier this month. Construction will begin shortly and the lines will open after ski season is over in the spring.
A few years ago the city tried to annex a small portion of the ski area, and at the time Tim Boyd, CEO of Peaks Resorts which includes Hidden Valley, told them he would close the resort before he would agree. The city backed off.
Hidden Valley was Boyd’s first ski area and helped found Peak Resorts Inc., which today operates 14 ski areas and ski resorts scattered throughout the Midwest and Northeast. Located just minutes from downtown St. Louis, the ski area offers a 320-foot drop with 17 trails, five chairlifts, a surface tow, and snow tubing with 15 lanes. It draws skiers and snowboarders from across the lower Midwest and Oklahoma, Arkansas and eastern Tennessee as well. The snow starved people from those states would have to drive hundreds of miles to find another ski area.